PARADISE ELEGANCE HAS NOW ARRIVED, READY FOR CRUISING IN HALONG BAY

March 3, 2017

THE MAKING OF ELEGANCE

Yesterday, one of the leading providers of luxury hospitality services in Vietnam, put the first of two identical Paradise Elegance cruise ships on the water. The 200-ton steel crafts measure 61 meters long and 13 meters wide, making them the biggest overnight options in the UNESCO World Heritage site, ever. In addition to 31 high-design cabins that range from 25-35 square meters and include private balconies, walk-in closets, rain showers and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Paradise Elegance features an array of upscale amenities, including an artfully sectioned dining room with piano bar and a spa with four treatment rooms. “Halong Bay has never had anything like this,” said Carmen Marienberg, Chief Operating Officer of Paradise Group Vietnam, which now owns and operates more luxury cruise ships than any other company on the bay. “We’ve always strived to be the best, and this move speaks to that.” To further set itself apart from the competition, Paradise Elegance offers continuous cruising, enabling passengers to see more of Vietnam’s most famous natural attraction over a 22-hour period than they could with any other overnight operation. To that end, excursions such as visits to various caves, islands and fishing villages are serviced by tenders that zip between Paradise Elegance and the on-shore marvels.

Moreover, Paradise Elegance excursions take place during off-peak times, giving guests the opportunity to experience the bay’s most popular sites on an intimate level. Onboard, the main attraction figures to be the top deck, which can accommodate up to 90 people and is equipped with a circular bar that sits under a large shade sail. Because of the amount of protection the canopy provides, Carmen believes the space will beckon guests no matter the weather conditions. “The sundeck, as we call it, is roomy, elegant and sheltered in a really smart and sophisticated way,” he said. “I think it has the potential to be the premier spot for small- to medium-sized gatherings and events on Halong Bay.” Paradise’s newest nautical masterpiece is also the only boat on the bay that offers a la carte menus for both lunch and dinner as well as the freedom to dine wherever — be it sundeck, dining room or private balcony — and whenever, from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. The cabins are divided into four room categories, with 14 Deluxe Balcony Cabins on the main deck and 13 Executive Balcony Cabins and four Terrace Suites of two kinds on the upper deck. Paradise Group Vietnam plans to launch a second Paradise Elegance in June, bringing its total number of cruising vessels to 11. Established in 2008, Paradise Group Vietnam currently owns and operates three other fleets as well as the 156-room Paradise Suites and Paradise Trend hotels — the first and only boutique luxury hotels in Halong Bay — and three restaurants, including two in Hanoi that consistently rank on TripAdvisor among the top 10 dining venues in Vietnam’s capital. With more than 2,000 limestone karsts jutting from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, Halong Bay makes for a mystical landscape that lures millions of tourists each year. Every experience with Paradise Cruises includes ground transportation between Hanoi and Halong Bay in a converted Ford Transit Van, which is outfitted with six seats — instead of the customary 16 — flat-screen TVs in the headrests and high-speed wireless Internet access. The transfer takes approximately three-and-a-half hours, although highway improvements scheduled to be finished by the end of the year are expected to cut an hour off that time.

HALONG JOURNEYS OF DISTINCTION

Embark on a journey of a lifetime aboard the most opulent vessel designed to cruise the magical waters continuously, while having a gastronomical experience anywhere on the boat overlooking the towering karst limestone islands and islets of Halong Bay.

THE BOAT

The Paradise Elegance is a reflective escape in the majestic seascape of Halong Bay, Vietnam’s ultimate natural heritage situated in the Gulf of Tonkin. Surrounded by the emerald blue waters, the boat shines like precious jewel in the middle of the pristine bay.

Highlights
  • 2 Steel Vessels
  • Spa & Wellness Center
  • 31 Deluxe Cabins/ Suites with Spacious Balconies & Terrace
  • Gastronomic Restaurant and Piano Lounge
  • Expansive Sundeck
  • Room Service and A-la-carte Menu
  • Stylish Sundeck Bar
  • Non-stop Cruising

THE EXPERIENCE

Nestled amongst the vast karst limestone islands of Halong Bay, the Paradise Elegance brings guests to an exploration like no other. The blue waters and impeccable rock formations of Halong Bay are a captivating setting for outdoor explorers, where a broad fauna & flora are waiting to be uncovered.

ACCOMMODATION

THE SUITES

The suites offer a unique feeling and unparalleled perspectives of the World Heritage Site Halong Bay, overlooking the million-year old limestone formations and the genuine smiles of the local fishing villagers that go about their daily lives within the bay.

SUNDECK

A common area where friends, family, and fellow travelers gather for a casual chat and a few specialty cocktails served by an in-house mixologist. Situated on the top deck of the boat with a generous space for privacy & relaxation, L’Odyssée serves as a gateway to the ultimate views of Halong Bay.

SERVICES & FACILITIES

  • Reception
  • 24-Hour Security
  • Spa Services
  • Wifi
  • Bar (7am to 11pm)
  • Reading Area
  • English-Speaking Guides
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Kayaking Equipment
  • Squid-Fishing Equipment
  • Tender Boat

CABIN AMENITIES

  • Central Air-conditioning
  • En-Suite Bathrooms
  • Hair-Dryer
  • Toilet
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Slippers
  • Personal Safe Box
  • Complimentary Mineral Water
  • Wardrobe
  • Life Jackets
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Emergency Hammers

ITINERARY

FIRST DAY
12:00
Arrival in Tuan Chau Island
12:15
Transfer to Paradise Elegance
12:30
Welcome cocktails, cruise information and check-in
Spa samplers
13:00 – 14:30
Lunch at Le Marin Restaurant
14:45
Select from
Cua Van Floating Village (45 minutes) by bamboo boat (included) or Kayak (chargeable)
Dark & Bright Cave (1 hour) by bamboo boat (included) or Kayak (chargeable)
Stay on board and just relax, enjoy an afternoon high tea or a spa treatment at Paradise Spa
15:30 – 16:00
Afternoon Tea at Le Piano Bar and deck in front
17:30 – 18:30
Happy Hour at Le Piano Bar with music
17:30 – 19:00
Anchor at Coconut Tree Island for overnight stay
Cooking class at L’Odyssée Sundeck
18:00 – 22:00
Dinner at Le Marin Restaurant
21:00
Mixology at L’Odyssée Sundeck
Live music at Le Piano Bar
In room movies available 24 hours
SECOND DAY
06:30
Tai Chi at L’Odyssée Sundeck
7:00 – 8:00
Light breakfast, coffee & pastries at Le Piano Bar while cruising along Me Cung Cave and Tung Sau Pearl Farm
07:30
Select from
Ti Top Island (45 minutes)
Sung Sot Cave (1 hour)
Stay on board and just relax or enjoy a spa treatment at Paradise Spa
8:00 – 9:30
Breakfast at Le Marin Restaurant
Passing by Thien Cung and Dau Go Caves and the Fighting Cock Islet
Bill settlement and check out
10:30
Return to Tuan Chau Marina
10:45 – 12:00
Traditional Vietnamese lunch at Paradise Suites Hotel (complimentary for guests on the Paradise shuttle)
12:15 – 12:30
Return to Hanoi

Other Notes:
Change of Itineraries
The Paradise Elegance cruise itinerary may change from time to time depending on the weather forecast or the instructions given by the Halong Bay Management Authorities.

Destinations in the bay
Halong Bay spreads on an area of approximately 1,553 km2 including 1,969 islets, most of which are limestone topped with thick jungle vegetation rising from the ocean.

Cua Van Floating Village
The largest of five remaining floating fishing villages with an estimated population of 733 inhabitants in 176 households.

Dark & Bright Cave
Located in Lan Ha Bay, one of three significant areas near Cat Ba Island, the largest island in the archipelago. Occasionally Cat Ba Langurs can be seen roaming around the cliffs while hunting for food.

Luon Cave
A destination best for kayaking located on the north-eastern part of Bo Hon Island.

Sung Sot Cave
Commonly known as Hang Sung Sot, it is the largest cave in Halong Bay. Discovered by a group of French explorers in the early 1900s, the cave is popular because of its panoramic views of the bay from the top.

Tien Ong Cave
Officially opened to the public in 2010, Tien Ong Cave contains stone artefacts from the Hoa Binh Culture, one of the first inhabitants in Halong Bay.

Ti Top Island
Named after the Russian astronaut German Titov during his first visit to Halong Bay. The only beach in the bay with a 200-step path that leads to a spectacular view point of the majestic World Heritage Site.

Tuan Chau Island
The main entrance to the UNESCO World Heritage Site with an estimated population of 1,500.